Hammers let the Englishman go last summer after seven years at the club.
West Ham United head coach Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the Hammers are set to offer former front man Carlton Cole a short-term contract to help ease the est London club’s current striking crisis at Upton Park, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
West Ham are at present badly short of numbers up front following an untimely heel injury picked up by club-record signing Andy Carroll earlier this month that may keep the giant England international out of action for the rest of this year.
And with the Hammers now struggling to hit the back of the net, Allardyce has decided to offer his one-time striker a short-term three-month deal at Upton Park, subject to Cole proving his fitness during the course of the next few weeks.
The former England international spent seven highly successful years at West Ham, during which time Cole managed to net 59 goals in total in 237 matches in all competitions for the Hammers, before the club decided not to offer the 29-year-old a new deal to remain in the capital last summer.
However, Allardyce has now been forced to perform a dramatic U-turn after pulling out of a proposed deal to sign the Englishman on transfer deadline day.
“In terms of a contract as soon as he’s fit there will be the offer of short-term contract – that’s why he’s here and trying to improve fitness,” Allardyce said.
“As soon as he’s OK – as long as the terms and conditions are right – he’ll be with us until how ever long that contact is.
“He’s been here on a day-to-day basis. Beauty of this football club it kept him fit for a long time.
“He’s got certain training programmes to suit him to make him available for a Saturday afternoon. It will be a matter of days. Couple behind closed doors games and take it from there.”